It all began back in 1936 when Sebastian Nicholas Stephanopoulos, the man who later-on became the Archbishop of the town of Kastoria, and while still a student at the Αpicultural School of Marousi, invested his few savings in the purchase of some baskets and a few langstroth hives.
The year 1946 the operation passed over to George Stephanopoulos, Sebastian’s brother. Anastasios Stephanopoulos, the founder’s nephew, who remained dedicated to the same values took over the business in 1970 and through his love, dedication, and hard work converted it into the modern enterprise it still is today, enjoying nationwide absorption. Today, the torch passes over to the third generation of off-springs, to John Stephanopoulos, a graduate of the Athens Faculty of Agriculture and to George Stephanopoulos, a graduate of the Athens Faculty of History and Archeology. The family business today is trading under the name “Iliaki Melissokomia” (“Heliaki Apiculture”).
Our Philosophy: We abide by the charm of the narrative that wants the extinction of the bee to spark the end of mankind linking the fate of both in a powerful bond, which dictates the utmost respect for this rare insect that adds only nutritional wealth to our lives.